Theater Review: "You Can't Take It With You" At The Antaeus Company
When Alice Sycamore, the oldest daughter and the most grounded of the eccentric Sycamores, falls in love with her boss’s son, Tony Kirby Jr., the two families must meet. The Kirbys, whose lives revolve around money and Wall Street, and who are nothing if not conventional, are quite the opposite of the Sycamores. The two worlds collide and chaos ensues, accompanied by exploding firecrackers, broken glasses, armed government officials, and spontaneous wrestling matches.
All of this transpires within the living room of the Sycamore home (designed by Tom Buderwitz), which is pleasantly cluttered and crowded. With a small table that barely fits the entire family, walls plastered in various posters, and random objects of unknown significance planted in every nook and cranny—including a skull-shaped candy bowl, the set expresses the Sycamore attitude to a tee. Finding themselves in this cluttered space, the casts nevertheless move about freely, making the set feel lived-in and familiar.
Nevertheless, the chemistry is there when it is most needed; both Kate Maher and Nicholas D’Agosto of the "Sycamores" and Lizzie Zerebko and Jeremy Glazer of the "Kirbys" make an adorable, heart-melting couple as Alice and Tony. Shannon Holt of the "Kirbys" is hilarious as both the stuffy Mrs. Kirby and the colorful Grand Duchess, while Eve Gordon of the "Sycamores" is huggable perfection as the loving, scatterbrained Penny Sycamore.
All in all, Antaeus's "You Can't Take It With You" is simply a classic, feel-good comedy about appreciating the people around us and pursuing our own bliss—no more, no less. With the colorful set and an even more colorful cast of characters, including a Czarist Russian, an Italian ex-delivery man, a drunk actress, and others, what more could one want?
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